Tips For Tousled Tresses

A Pretty Penny Tips for Tousled Tresses Textured Lob
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If you spend any time on Pinterest — admittedly, I haven’t recently — you’re likely to stumble on a photo or twelve of Anh Co Tran’s textured lobs and bobs; you’ll recognize them by the cool girl “undone” texture and perfect highlights. I brought half a dozen screenshots of his work to my stylist when I chopped off 10 inches earlier this season, and she translated it with a textured asymmetric razor cut that I love. (Seriously, I haven’t missed my long hair for a minute.)

Tran calls his signature style ‘lived in hair,’ and while it looks completely effortless, it does take some work. With a lot of practice and YouTube tutorials, I think I have it down.

Below are a few tips I’ve picked up for easy tousled tresses (we’re all about the lowest maintenance level ’round here).

Keep your hair clean. Listen, I’m all about the once-a-week wash, but if I want any kind of volume at the roots with my shorter style, my hair has to be clean. I usually shampoo every other night, and after I gently towel dry, I spray ‘It’s a 10’ leave-in conditioner with keratin into my hands and work it through the length of my hair. If I’m not going anywhere, I let it air dry overnight. Otherwise I quickly blow dry it with absolutely zero skill or finesse, using my fingers as a comb and flipping it way to the side for extra volume (see Ingrid’s video for a how-to).

Put down the hairbrush. I hardly ever put a brush to my head. Besides a quick detangling with a wide-tooth comb or wet brush out of the shower, I leave it alone. I think this has two benefits: 1. less breakage, and 2. my natural texture is a little wavy, so it’s less work with the curling iron later.

Curl both ways. Okay, here’s where I was doing it wrong. For years! I used to always curl my hair in one direction away from my face, all the way back on each side. You gotta alternate, y’all: curl the front sections away from your face, but then switch it up and curl pieces both ways; one away, one toward, one away, one toward; you get the gist. Oh, and keep the ends of your hair out of the clamp so you get ‘messy waves,’ instead of ‘prom ringlets.’ When you’ve finished your entire head and the hair has cooled a bit, break it all up with your fingers and pull the curls out into loose waves.

Go easy on the product. I used to think I needed a handful of products — from volumizing mousse to extra hold hairspray — to make this style work, but I’ve found that less is more; too much product makes my hair heavy, greasy and flat. Most days I just finish the style with Redken Fashion Waves 07 sea salt spray or Oscar Blandi ‘Pronto’ Texture and Volume Spray for ‘piecey’ texture and flexible all-day hold. On the second day, I spray a little Rockaholic dry shampoo into my roots and I’m out the door!

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  1. 12.7.19

    I saw your publications previously, but this one I
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  2. 6.3.15

    Cut all my hair off the other week and I’m dying to try this because my hair has 0 volume so it seems like the perfect solution!

  3. 5.31.15

    this is really helpful! I am getting a lob really soon and I needed some advice on how to master it! thanks :)

  4. 5.25.15

    Reblogged this on beautynbling and commented:
    Perfect tips for perfect tousled tresses from A Pretty Penny!

  5. 5.23.15
    Erin E. said:

    i’m still in the process of growing my hair out after donating it to Locks of Love, and it’s at that meh stage without a real style. I think I’ll bring up a lob when I go for my hair appointment next week! Do you have a favorite brand of curling iron and size suggestions for lob-length hair?

  6. 5.22.15

    I also alternate my directions of hair when I curl. I think it really helps it to look a little more natural.

  7. 5.21.15

    Looking good – girl. What pretty skin!

  8. 5.20.15
    lotusgurl said:

    *Love your hair! Oops. :)

  9. 5.20.15
    lotusgurl said:

    Look your hair and these fantastic tips! I’ve heard that dirty hair can actually work well for this look, too. My hair is always tousled, and I only really wash it once my scalp gets oily, which is every few days.

    • 5.21.15

      In a perfect world, my scalp would never get oily; because you’re right, tousled ends *always* look best by day three.

  10. 5.20.15

    Love the look!

  11. 5.20.15
    Michela said:

    Do you like curling irons with a clamp better than a curling wand? I go back and forth

    • 5.21.15

      I haven’t really gotten the hang of the curling wand. I have one, but I think maybe I bought too small of a barrel? I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel as easy to me as my old faithful large-barrel clamp iron. ;)

  12. 5.20.15

    thanks for the tips! I’ve yet to master this technique, it looks great!

  13. 5.20.15

    I recently cut my long hair up to about my shoulders and I absolutely love it! I have to definitely try this ‘lived in hair’ style out! Your hair looks beautiful :) Thanks for the tips!! <3
    Talia xo

  14. 5.20.15
    Britney said:

    I’ve been obsessed with his work for a while now and I’m totally thinking of cutting my hair off!! I’ve also be scouring YouTube for tricks on how he cuts since I’m a hairdresser too and want to give my clients this awesome look!!

    • 5.21.15

      I’m all about the gradual chop: mid-length to collarbone to lob to bob! It’s much less of a shock. :) My stylist razor cut mine, and it was perfect for getting the soft textured ends.

      • 5.21.15
        Britney said:

        I totally agree. Oh I’ve done plenty of razored cuts but he does his different so that’s why I was saying I’ve been looking all over for his signature way he cuts lol

  15. 5.19.15

    I can’t wait to try my hair curling both ways!!! Thanks for the tip!

  16. 5.19.15

    curling both ways totally just changed my whole curly hair look, thank you!

  17. 5.19.15

    I finally have my hair long enough to do the things I want to it but I haven’t tried curls yet. I think these tips will transition well to long hair too :)

  18. 5.19.15

    I love the cuts but I have a fear of cutting my hair. I do have layers and am going to try the alternating of directions to see what I get!

    • 5.21.15

      I think it would work on any length hair! And I totally understand the chop anxiety; it took me a whiiiiiile to finally get the nerve to cut mine.

      • 5.21.15

        In 6th grade someone thought I was s boy. Omg omg omg. Never got over it

  19. 5.19.15
    Lidia said:

    I’m obsessed with Tran’s work too! Luckily for me (unluckily for my wallet), I live about 10 miles away from the Ramirez Tran salon in Beverly Hills. I can’t quite afford to have it be my go-to salon (or to have Tran himself do my hair) but I did go just last Friday for low maintenance sunkissed highlights by one of his stylists. It was $300 (heart attack!) but there’s no maintenance and it’s supposed to grow out beautifully (the stylist mentioned that most of her “sunkissed” clients only come in once or twice a year). Once will be good for me! I really wanted the haircut by a stylist there too but it was $220 and I just couldn’t rationalize that or afford it. It was still an awesome experience and I felt like such a cool girl being in the salon!

    • 5.21.15

      Gahhhh, I’m jealous!! I know it feels crazy to drop that cash on highlights, but if you only have to go once a year and they grow out naturally I think it’s worth every penny.